Spencer O’Brien Nails Second Run to Win Women’s Snowboard Slope Finals and Dew Cup


Spencer O’Brien came back from 5th place to take the win and her second career Dew Cup at the women’s snowboard slope Finals at the Toyota Championships. She nailed her second run with a switch boardslide to 5050 on the up gap down box, to a frontside boardslide on the A-frame to switch on the cannon. For the jumps, she went switch backside 5 mute into a frontside 7 indy.

“It felt really good,” O’Brien said of taking the win. “Kind of surreal. I wasn’t really thinking very much on that last run, so when I stomped that last trick I was so happy. It’s a lot of pressure when you don’t land your first run.”

Enni Rukajarvi, of Finland, was second with 86.50, riding without goggles to adjust to the flat light conditions. She threw down a noseslide, tailpress, 5050 stalefish, and back 5 into a Cab 5 on the two jumps. She also finished second at the last women’s snowboard event in Breckenridge, Colo., the Nike Open, and this was her first time doing the entire Dew Tour.

“I’m so happy for getting second,” Rukajarvi said. “I had big troubles in the practice landing my tricks so I’m just happy I landed my run.”

South Lake Tahoe’s Joanna Dzierzawski was third with 80.25 after putting together a switch boardslide to tailpress, 5050 to front board on the up down rail, up the cannon poke out, and a back 3 into front 3 off the toes on the jumps.

“Oh my gosh, I am so happy to have made it to Finals at the Dew Tour,” Dzierzawski said. “It’s my first time making it to all the stops. It was just so awesome and the course was really fun. All the girls were so supportive as always, and I’m just so happy to be here.”

1. Spencer O’Brien, 94.50
2. Enni Rukajarvi, 86.50
3. Joanna Dzierzawski, 80.25
4. Julianne Brackett, 73.75
5. Nicki Slechta, 67.60
6. Sarka Pancochova, 36.25

Spencer O’Brien

Enni Rukajärvi

Joanna Dzierzawski

Julianne Brackett

Nicki Slechta

Sarka Pancochova